Build-a-lot: Fairy Tales
Very much as the other build- a-lots, one or two new ideas, a dragon sets your house on fire and fairies flutter around building. It is a very pretty game but not sure its worth paying out for what is just about like the others in the series.
June 6, 2012
Fairy Tales is Wickedly Awesome!
There are already a couple of good reviews of this game (like the one by gmac1007), but this is my favorite game, so I wanted to say ?Bravo? to Big Fish and the people who created ?Build-a-Lot: Fairy Tales.? For those reviewers who thought that this game was easy or annoying, I beg to differ on both parts.
First of all, this game is BEAUTIFULLY designed and illustrated. The colors are vibrant (sometimes you have to finish a level to be rewarded with an amazing burst of color) and the characters are wryly funny. The princess who appears with help or admonitions once in a while is fairytale pretty. You have a wolf, troll, frog prince, witch, and little pigs to accompany you along your journey. I have a love-hate relationship with the blazing red dragon: I hate him burning down my houses (because he pops In and sets my completed den- cottage- manor- gingerbread house on fire), but then he stares at me with such satisfaction that I can?t help but laugh and cuss him out before he retreats. You can protect your house from dragonfire, although some levels are so difficult to pass that, if you take even that extra step, you?re using up precious time; so it can be more expedient to extinguish the fire and keep playing than to protect your building against he-who-doth-breathe-flame (and, he might be a she, who knows?!). You can paint your houses a variety of colors, and there are other fantastic features (e.g., Wishing Wells) that add ?charm? to a level ? and you?ll find out about charm soon enough, my pretty.
Different levels have different time limits, and after the Storybook Levels, the game gets so difficult at times that I had to consult the Big Fish Forum and YouTube for assistance. It was all I could do to finish some of the levels in the time allotted, even knowing the solution. I have played this game going on five times and still love it. I eventually won the coveted blue ribbons (for completing a level expeditiously) in most of the beginning Storybook levels, but once I got into Expert Levels and Quick Play, I don?t think I got but one or two blue ribbons. Okay, so maybe I?m slow! IMHO there is at least one level that you will not finish unless you go to the Forum for help.
If you have a sense of humor and an affinity for fairy tales, this will be right down your alley. It?s like a chess game at times in knowing what house- structure- feature to use in what position on the screen, so it can be very intellectually challenging. Many levels have a spoiler thrown in at the end? so just when you think you?re done, you?re not. I don?t particularly care for the build-a-lot games, but this one captured my imagination, hit my funny bone, and soothed my time-management-challenge cravings. Play the demo with a light heart and enjoy!
July 19, 2012
Fun Time Management Game
My first impression of this game was that it was easy, and that I had probably wasted a game credit. However, after sailing through the first levels at expert level, the difficulty level increased and the game became more challenging. In fact for the first time ever in the TM genre I was almost stumped on level 27. It was fun to figure out the various requirements for each level and also to have a game that I didn't polish off in just a few hours. If you like building type games, hopefully you will like this one as much as I did.
Just one note on visual - is that the colours/game is very "bright" and I found on a couple of occasions that I was getting headaches and bad eye strain.
July 3, 2012
Like meeting an old friend
What a charming Build a lot. It is still build a lot, but with this fairy tale design it seemed to me so different and fun to play. I really love the characters so I forgive the fact that the gameplay is the same as in all the other build a lot games. No new strategies to explore and no new challenge, but that does not mean it is not addictive anymore. There are a lot more boring games out there that only copy other great games. This original here is still in a top league.
June 7, 2012
I love this game and bought it before the trial hour was finished. It is relaxing and great fun. Just the sneaky look on the wolf makes me smile. The premise is the same as the other Build A Lot Games, but the characters and storyline of this one make it different. I've only just started, but I'm sure the wolf is up to no good!
June 6, 2012
Funny and Fun. a must have for build a lot fans
I only played the demo but will buy it soon. True, it's typical of the build a lot games as far as the type of play etc. but it is comical, challenging and just plain fun.
June 6, 2012
I own all of the Build-a-lot games and I love them. I play them over and over. The last one (Elizabethan) was disappointing but I went ahead and tried out this new one. I was beyond disappointed! This might be a good game for a tween but as an adult - not going to bother with it.
June 19, 2012
Could have been better
I was a little disappointed with this game. Since it is fantasy based I was looking forward to trying it, but didn't even finish the trial.
I thought the game play was challenging but boring. It was pretty much building & demolishing & putting out fires by the dragon. The dragon just irritated me because just as I was about to finish the level he would come along and set my most expensive house on fire. It was frustrating because there was no way to kill him or protect against him, which would have made it more interesting.
I play a lot of TM games and it is one of my favorite genres but this one will be a pass.
By the way, the fairies don't look like fairies to me, they're butterflies. Also, where are the inhabitants of all these dens, houses & manors that are built. This would have added a little flavor to the game.
Sorry Build A-Lot fans.
June 6, 2012
Not as good as I'd hoped
I love the Build-a-Lot games, and have all of them, so when this one came along, I was very pleased. I found the storyline to be something different, but what I played in the demo was a little too simple and I found it a little boring. Again you have tasks to perform, build a certain number of houses, build a forge (factory) to get cheaper materials, but there just wasn't the level of challenge I was hoping for, even when I skipped the tutorial levels. I would probably wait for this one to come as a Daily Deal - I'm not sure it's worth full price for me.
June 8, 2012
Such a cute game
This is a very worthy offset from all the dark HOG's going around at the moment. Such cute graphics and gameplay. The background music is soothing. Doesn't appear overly hard, challenging of course in places but nothing too taxing.
I think it's lovely and bought it as soon as my hour ran out!
June 7, 2012